Friday, July 15, 2016

ELO Stays at Number 5 on British Albums; Rick Astley Rises Again; Aphex Twin Has Top Veteran Debut

by VVN Music

The Electric Light Orchestra (aka ELO) holds at number 5 this week on the British Albums chart to take back the top selling album by a veteran artist.

They are followed at number 6 by Rick Astley whose 50 moves up 8 to 6 in its fifth week of release. While it was the second number 1 of his career, he has a ways to go to equal the chart performance of his debut album Whenever You Need Somebody. That album debuted at number 1 and didn't drop out of the top three for eight weeks. Overall, it spent fifteen weeks in the top ten.

Last week's number 1, California by Blink-182, falls to number 9 in its second week.

Overall, Biffy Clyro takes the top spot with Ellipses followed by Adele's 25 and Drake's Views.

The highest debut by a veteran artist goes to Aphex Twin whose new album Cheetah opens at 14. It becomes his third highest charting set in the U.K. after Syro (2014 / #8) and Selected Ambient Works Volume 2 (1994 / #11).

Down at 77 is the debut of Heart's Beautiful Broken, giving them their first entry of a studio album in the British Top 100 Albums since 1993's Desire Walks On. Only two of their albums have made the top ten in the U.K., Bad Animals (1987 / #7) and Brigade (1990 / #3).

With only one week to go until the second anniversary of its release, the Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 album is still number 1 on the Sountracks chart while the Eagles Unplugged 1994 tops the Country Compilations.

On the Singles chart, One Dance by Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla is in its fourteenth week at number 1, putting him just two weeks from tying the all-time longest run at the top on the British charts held by Bryan Adams' (Everything I Do) I Do It For You which was at the helm for sixteen weeks in 1991.

Following Drake is Don't Let Me Down by Chainsmokers Featuring Daya and Perfect Strangers by Jonas Blue Featuring J.P. Cooper. The highest charting single by a veteran artists is, once again, Can't Fight the Feeling by Justin Timberlake which falls 6 to 9. A remix of This is Love by Bob Marley debuts at 75.